US not contemplating unilateral actions in Pakistan

Sunday, 14 January 2018 03:35 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 876 times

Pakistan military has said it was told by a U.S. general that his country is not contemplating any unilateral action in its soil.

 

General Joseph Votel said this during a phone call this week with Pakistan’s chief of army staff Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistani army said in a statement.

It comes amid tension between U.S. and Pakistan over militant safe havens in Pakistan, which was intensified following suspension of about $2 billion aid last week.

Pakistan is accused of giving shelter to Taliban and Haqqani network which launch attacks in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving “lies and deceit.”

During the phone call with Votel, Bajwa said the entire Pakistani nation “felt betrayed” over U.S. recent statements “despite decades of cooperation.”

“(Bajwa) said that Pakistan is fully aware of U.S. concerns on activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and we are already undertaking multiple actions through Operation ‘Radd ul Fasaad’ to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan refugees is an essential prerequisite,” the statement from Pakistan military said.

He also said that bilateral border management must be Kabul’s top priority.